Official Charts Analysis: The National debut at No.1 on albums chart

American indie band The National top the chart for the first time, with their seventh album, Sleep Well Beast, opening in pole position on sales of 20,118 copies (including 1,922 from sales-equivalent streams).
After falling short of the Top 200 with their eponymous 2001 debut and 2003's Sad Songs For Dirty Loves, the band gained a toehold on the chart for the first time in 2005, when their third album, Alligator, debuted and peaked at No.165. Boxer reached No.57 in ...

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